Tuesday, Mar. 01, 2011

Chris Rock, 2005 Oscars

Some people (namely Sean Penn) didn't think Chris Rock's turn as Oscar host in 2005 was funny. After Rock dissed Jude Law's acting skills, Penn chastised the host, calling Law, who he was filming All the King's Men with, one of the industry's "finest actors." Some other folk were alarmed by Rock's command that the audience sit their ass down, after they gave him a standing ovation. But the joke just seemed like Rock being himself, dishing out the acerbic, high-pitched humor that led to his hosting the show in the first place. His opening monologue roused plenty of laughter and applause from the audience, which leads one to believe that the critical drubbing may just have been the result of reviewers looking for something to complain about.